Tue. Dec 10th, 2019

Cape Town traffic alert: Road closures for SONA 2019, starting Tuesday 18 June

Cape Town Traffic sona 2019 road closuresThe second SONA 2019 is coming our way this week. For many of us, it’ll be box office entertainment. But for the Cape Town traffic, it’s a nightmare.

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If you’ve got a stirring sense of deja vu right now, you’re not the only one. SONA 2019 is happening for the second time on Thursday, and the build-up to it promises to be a disruptive one for those navigating their way through the Cape Town traffic over the next few days – that’s the cost of pomp and ceremony, we’re afraid.

Why we are having a second SONA 2019

SONA – or, the State of the Nation Address – will be delivered by Cyril Ramaphosa, just as it was back February. The reason we’ve got another one so soon is due to the changes in Parliament we’ve seen following the 2019 Elections. Since the president’s previous address, the ANC have lost 19 MPs, and these aren’t the only alterations.

The EFF have almost doubled the number of MPs they have in the house, whereas the Freedom Front Plus have tripled their representation. The DA are also five members light going into the sixth term of Parliament and contend with the fact that their bitter adversary Patricia de Lille has scored a seat not just in Parliament, but as a government minister.

Cape Town traffic latest for 18 – 20 June

It promises to be an entertaining evening, with the threat of disruptions higher than what we saw earlier in the year. The firebrand EFF members have more axes to grind with Cyril Ramaphosa, relating to his ongoing feud with Busisiwe Mkhwebane and his preference for Pravin Gordhan.

You perhaps won’t be so thrilled if you are part of the Cape Town traffic over the next few evenings, though. Road closures start from late on Tuesday afternoon and will be enforced right through until midnight on Thursday – a few hours after Ramaphosa draws his address to a close.

Here are the roads affected, and the routes to avoid. Word to the wise: Parking in any of the subsequently-mentioned parts of town promises to be a nightmare. If you can, avoid it like the plague…

Cape Town traffic latest: Road closures for Tuesday 18 June and Wednesday 19 June

From 17:00 – 23:59 on both days:

  • Buitenkant street: between Roeland and Strand Street
  • Roeland Street: between Plein and Buitenkant Street
  • Plein Street: between Roeland and Longmarket Street.
  • St John’s street: between Vrede and Roeland Street
  • Hope Street between Roeland and Glynn Street
  • Commercial Street: between Buitenkant and Plein Street
  • Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament Streets.
  • Spin / Mostert Street: between Corporation and Parliament Street
  • Parliament Street: from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Street
  • Lower Buitenkant Street: between Strand and Darling Street

Road closures to last ALL DAY for SONA 2019, on Thursday 20 June

From 6:00 to 23:45 (for rehearsal pruposes):

  • Church Square.
  • Roeland Street: between Plein and Buitenkant Street
  • Closure of Company Gardens.
  • Government Avenue from Orange Street to Wale Street.
  • Plein Street from Longmarket Street to Roeland Street.
  • St Johns Street from Roeland Street to Vrede Street.
  • Gallery Lane.
  • Bouquet Street.
  • Hope Street between Roeland and Glynn Street.
  • Wesley Street between Buitenkant and Hope Street.
  • Glynn Street between Buitenkant and Hope Street.
  • Wale Street: between Queen Victoria and Adderley Street.
  • Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament Street.
  • Spin Street and Mostert Street between Corporation and Parliament Street.
  • Parliament Street from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Street.

Roads to close on THURSDAY EVENING only

From 17:00 to 20:00:

• Buitenkant Street between Roeland and Strand Street

From 17:45 to 19:30:

  • Klipper Road, Newlands: from Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue
  • Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands: from Newlands Avenue to Union Avenue.
  • Newlands Avenue, Newlands: from Dean Street to Princess Anne Avenue.
  • Dean Street, Newlands, westbound: from Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue.
  • M3, Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, Philip Kgosana Drive (De Waal Drive), Roeland Street, City-bound carriageway: from Newlands Avenue to city centre.
  • Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, westbound: between Main Road (M4) and Rhodes Drive (M3).
  • Anzio Road, Observatory: from Main Road (M4) to Philip Kgosana Drive (De Waal Drive) (M3).
  • N2, Settlers Way City-bound carriageway: from Main Road (M4) to city centre.

From 18:00 to 19:30:

  • Roeland Street, between Buitenkant and Brandweer Street.

For more information on Cape Town traffic affected by SONA 2019, visit this link.

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